In the performing arts, the collaborative practice rarely touches on the philosophy of Surrealism as a style inspiration. The introspective nature of Surrealism limits the collaborative abilities for artists to create a major production. How would an artist use surrealism in the design process, specifically costume design, to create their work? By utilizing Andre Breton’s Manifesto of Surrealism, Freudian psychoanalysis, Jung’s psychoanalysis, biographical history of Lewis Carroll and Salvador Dalí’s life, and elements of Avant-Garde Theater, I have created my own method to analyze Alice in Wonderland Adapted for the Stage by Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus and designing costume renderings. The step by step process in evaluating the script, the concepts for the costumes, and final renderings are done in a manner that reflect Breton’s philosophy of Surrealism, while incorporating other influences found in Surrealism along the way. Traditional theater’s collaborative methods can use Surrealism for artists to think outside of the box and develop new methods in designing for the stage to portray deeper themes to the audience.


Noriega, Jimmy


Theatre and Dance


Surrealism, Alice in Wonderland, Costume Design, Freud, Jung, Psychoanalysis, Lewis Carroll, Salvador Dali

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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